Vallejo is a waterfront city located in Solano County of the city. It lies in the North Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County and the most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is nestled on the shores of San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait, at the southern end of the Napa River. The town experiences a coastal Mediterranean climate which is quite mild, with the average temperatures ranging from 8 °C to 19.8 °C.
The City of Vallejo is named after General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was a native of California and was one of the very first members of the California State Senate. The neighboring Benicia had been named after his wife. The true founder of the town who designed the entire city layout and its streets was John B. Frisbie. The town was once home to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Vallejo is also known for its popular history of the Zodiac Killer. Vallejo was home to the Class D minor-league baseball team back in the early 1900s. Today, it is home to the Vallejo Admirals who are of the independent Pacific Association League. The town is known to have had a gay community that was well-formed as early as the 1940s.
It is considered to be the most diverse city in the state, with the population base including Non-Hispanic, Latino, African American and Asian races, apart from the white. Vallejo’s downtown still preserves many of its historic Craftsman and Victorian homes. A few of the colleges and universities of Vallejo include the California Maritime Academy, Solano Community College, and Touro University of California. Vallejo has become a home for a massive community of artists, providing them larger work-spaces for comparatively lower rents. There is a Vallejo Art Walk organized by the artists that take place on the second Friday of every month. It is recognized as a hub of a lot of artists not only in the Bay Area but throughout the state.
The town booms with local events that include Vallejo Symphony, Nothern California Pirate Festival, Mocktoberfest, Punk & Edge Arts Festival, and First Saturday Bands at the Hub. The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade, and Tree Lighting is a very popular event. Other events include the Waterfront Weekend, Carnevale Fantastico!, and Unity Day Celebration.
It features the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom animal theme park which includes a vast variety of roller coasters, other amusement rides and water rides. It is also home to the United States Forest Service. For sailing and boating options, the town features the Vallejo Yacht Club, Glen Cove Marina and Vallejo Municipal Marina. Its museums and attractions include the McCune Rare Book and Art Collection, Empress Theatre, Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo Vinyl & Pinball and Mare Island Historic Park.
The town’s public transit includes the San Francisco Bay Ferry. The ferry runs regularly from downtown Vallejo to the San Francisco Ferry Building. The bus lines SolTrans and Evans Transportation are of service here.